Chapter 12: The Siege

Star Wars: The MandalorianUnable to remain in hyperspace due to the less-than-reliable repairs to the Razor Crest, the Mandalorian is forced to postpone his mission and limp to Nevarro, where he hopes Greef Karga is feeling generous enough to foot the Crest’s repair bill. He finds Nevarro a changed planet: the Child is left at a school full of children, while Karga and Cara Dune (now Karga’s marshal) enlist the Mandalorian’s help to dismantle a presumably abandoned Imperial base on the other side of the planet. They succeed in setting the base’s reactor to overload, but as they try to make their way out of the base, they stumble upon a lab – and evidence that its experiments will require the recapture of the Child. The base turns out to be anything but abandoned…and the Empire remains anything but defeated.

The Mandalorianwritten by Jon Favreau
directed by Carl Weathers
music by Ludwig Goransson

Cast: Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian), Gina Carano (Cara Dune), Carl Weathers (Greef Karga), Horatio Sanz (Mythrol), Omid Abtahi (Dr. Pershing), Giancarlo Esposito (Moff Gideon), Ryan Powers (Alien Worker), Daniel Negrete (School Kid), Morgan Benoit (Imperial Security Officer), Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Captain Carson Teva), Katy O’Brian (Comms Officer), Kathryn Elise Drexler (Teacher Droid voice), Chris Bartlett (Teacher Droid performer)

The MandalorianNotes: Mythrol has clearly never watched a single Star Wars movie in his life, since he’s surprised to find no guard rails around the reactor controls. Some of the cadaverous creatures in the Imperial lab bear a slight resemblance to Supreme Leader Snoke, which raises the possibility that the Child will be captured in the future, leading to the rise of Snoke in the sequel trilogy.

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Chapter 13: The Jedi

Star Wars: The MandalorianFinally following Bo-Katan’s lead on the whereabouts of a Jedi named Ahsoka Tano, the Mandalorian lands the Razor Crest and begins searching for Ahsoka. When he visits a fortified city, the Mandalorian is asked to help with a problem – namely, killing a Jedi who seems to have a grudge against the local magistrate. With the Child in tow, the Mandalorian sets out and finds Ahsoka, who reveals the Child’s name to him as well as his origins. But Ahsoka senses that a strong attachment has developed between the two, and that attachment makes the Child ill-suited for training in the Force, according to the Jedi code. Ahsoka does want the Mandalorian’s help, though – she has a question to ask of the local magistrate, who has enlisted an entire army to prevent Ahsoka from getting close enough to demand an answer.

The Mandalorianwritten by Dave Filoni
directed by Dave Filoni
music by Ludwig Goransson

Cast: Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian), Michael Biehn (Lang), Rosario Dawson (Ahsoka Tano), Diana Lee Inosanto (Morgan Elsbeth), James Croak (Prisoner), Dylan Alvarado (Village Boy), Mai Brunelle (Village Girl), Wing Tao Chao (Governor Wing), Clark Schierle (Villager)

The MandalorianNotes: Grogu – the Child – was a youngling during the waning days of the Old Republic, trained in the ways of the Force, but was taken from the Jedi Temple by an unknown party prior to Anakin Skywalker’s slaughter of the younglings. Grogu is the only other member of Yoda’s species to have been encountered by Ahsoka, which would imply that Jedi Master Yaddle (Star Wars Episode I, 1999) died before Ahsoka joined the Jedi order as Anakin’s padawan (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, 2008). The fact that Ahsoka is still looking for Thrawn may be related to the search for Ezra Bridger (upon which she was seen embarking in the series finale of Star Wars: Rebels). This is the first appearance of Ahsoka in live action, but not the last, as a live action spinoff was announced near the end of The Mandalorian’s second season.

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Chapter 14: The Tragedy

Star Wars: The MandalorianAs instructed by Ahsoka, the Mandalorian takes Grogu to the seeing stone remaining in the ruins of a Jedi temple, where his connection to the Force may attract other Jedi who can train him. As Grogu communes with the Force, however, a ship lands nearby. The Mandalorian investigates, meeting a man claiming to be Boba Fett, and demanding the armor recovered by the Mandalorian on Tatooine, which he says belonged to him and his father before him. Fett has also enlisted the help of bounty hunter Fennec Shand, whose life he saved on Tatooine, and pledges both of their help in protecting Grogu in exchange for the armor. But the arrival of squadrons of Imperial stormtroopers prevents any further negotiations. Fett and Shand make good on their promise to protect Grogu, but Moff Gideon, commanding an Imperial cruiser overhead, sends Darktroopers to retrieve Grogu, and destroys the Razor Crest with a single well-placed shot to prevent the Mandalorian from following him. Since Grogu is still not safe, Fett and Shand still plan to honor their pledge to help the Mandalorian retrieve him.

The Mandalorianwritten by Jon Favreau
directed by Robert Rodriguez
music by Ludwig Goransson

Cast: Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian), Temuera Morrison (Boba Fett), Ming-Na Wen (Fennec Shand), Giancarlo Esposito (Moff Gideon), Gina Carano (Cara Dune), Gabriel Ebert (Gunnery Officer), Katy O’Brian (Comms Officer)

The MandalorianNotes: Boba Fett offers no explanation as to how he survived the Sarlacc on the planet Tatooine (Return Of The Jedi, 1983), so fans attached to the explanations in prior novels and comics can rest easy because nothing here explicitly contradicts those tellings of events. Another piece of legacy Star Wars media that remains intact is the LucasArts video game Star Wars: Dark Forces, which originated the Darktroopers in 1995 and inspired a series of audio dramas a few years later. Fennec Shand first appeared in season one’s The Gunslinger.

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Chapter 15: The Believer

Star Wars: The MandalorianThe Mandalorian enlists Cara Dune’s help to spring Mayfeld from a New Republic penal work camp, as Mayfeld’s knowledge of Imperial clearance codes is recent enough that he may be able to help find Moff Gideon’s cruiser. Cara Dune, Boba Fett and Fennec Shand are in on the operation as well, but it involves getting Mayfeld into a heavily guarded Imperial mining facility…and then being ready to move at a moment’s notice in case Mayfeld and the Mandalorian have to shoot their way out rather than making a quieter exit from the base. But once Mayfeld spots the Imperial officer who made him want to leave the Empire, the chances of a quieter exit – and of escaping intact – drop dangerously.

The Mandalorianwritten by Rick Famuyiwa
directed by Rick Famuyiwa
music by Ludwig Goransson

Cast: Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian), Bill Burr (Mayfeld), Gina Carano (Cara Dune), Temuera Morrison (Boba Fett), Ming-Na Wen (Fennec Shand), Giancarlo Esposito (Moff Gideon), Donald Mills (Security Droid), Gabriel Ebert (Gunnery Officer), Miguel A. Lopez (Juggernaut Pilot), Barry Lowin (Shoretrooper), Katy O’Brian (Comms Officer), Richard Brake (Valin Hess), Taeho de Vitto (Village Kid)

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Chapter 16: The Rescue

Star Wars: The MandalorianWith the help of Boba Fett, Bo-Katan, Cara Dune, and Fennec Shand – and with a little bit of information gleaned from the Imperial scientist captured en route to continue his experiments on Grogu – the Mandalorian plans a two-pronged attack on Moff Gideon’s cruiser. His objective is to rescue Grogu, while Bo-Katan wants to recapture the Darksaber and regain control of Mandalore. Standing in their way is an entire platoon of Darktroopers – droid stormtroopers impervious to the weaknesses of either Imperial recruits or clones – and taking out even one of them is almost more than the Mandalorian can handle on his own. Bringing Moff Gideon to heel is somewhat easier, but once the entire team is trapped on the cruiser’s bridge with Gideon and Grogu, with Darktroopers crowding on the other side of the blast door, it seems a new hope is needed.

The Mandalorianwritten by Jon Favreau
directed by Peyton Reed
music by Ludwig Goransson

Cast: Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian), Omid Abtahi (Dr. Pershing), Temuera Morrison (Boba Fett), Gina Carano (Cara Dune), Mercedes Varnado (Koska Reeves), Katee Sackhoff (Bo-Katan Kryze), Ming-Na Wen (Fennec Shand), Giancarlo Esposito (Moff Gideon), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Thomas E. Sullivan (Co-Pilot), Luke Baines (Pilot), Gabriel Ebert (Gunnery Officer), Katy O’Brian (Comms Officer), Matthew Wood (Bib Fortuna)

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